Permit Center

The Permit Center is responsible for overseeing and managing permit intake, review, tracking, and issuing land use, building and construction permits ranging from simple, same-day permits to permits for complex development projects.

The type of permit you need to execute your project will depend on what type of project you are working on. The Permit Center has staff from Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments available to answer questions and guide you through the application process.

Our purpose is to streamline the permit process for businesses, developers, and residents, as well as preserve and enhance the quality of the natural and built environment, contributing to Burien's quality of life.

Please note: Normandy Park electrical inspections are now done by the City of SeaTac. Please call (206) 248-8260 to schedule.

Service Update

We are going “paperless” to help the environment! What this means for our customers:

  • All land use applications will be submitted digitally. Please use the fillable application forms from our website.
  • Site plans will be submitted in CAD (Computer Aided Design) format with digital copies of supporting reports and documents.
  • Assistance may be provided for less complex permit application submittals to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Updated March 29, 2023

Permit Center Hours


Inspections and Customer Service Update

BHC Consultants, Shane Daugherty, Darrin Graham, and Larry Ohman will conduct building and electrical inspections on behalf of the City of Burien inspectors on a needed basis.

In-person Service Hours

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon

Please call to make an appointment for in-person customer service on Fridays.

Telephone and Email Service Hours

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Permit Center Closed Daily, noon – 1:00 p.m.

Updated Community Development Fee Table:

Community development fees have been updated for 2023. Access the latest fee tables on Fact Sheets and Fee Tables.

Note on Timing of Permits:

We are bringing to you a new permitting system in 2023! Thank you for your patience as we experience some delays in issuing permits while we invest staff time toward building the new system.

Contact Us

Building Division

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Planning Division

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Public Works Department

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Call Us

 (206) 241-4647